Compliance Quick Facts

 

EU Quick Facts

EU QUICK FACTS REACH in the EU, REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals) is an EU law designed to place the responsibility on industry to demonstrate safe use of substances, i.e., chemicals. The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) administers the requirements, and enforcement of REACH is on a country-bycountry basis throughout the EU.

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EU QUICK FACTS REACH Registration, Under the EU regulations for Registration, Evaluation, Authorization, and Restriction of Chemicals (REACH), only registered substances (or those exempt from registration) may be placed on the market in the EU. Through the registration process, manufacturers and importers of substances (i.e., chemicals) in the EU generate data on the substances they manufacture or import, use the data to assess risks, and develop risk management measures to address the risks of the substances.

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EU QUICK FACTS EU Packaging Directive, EU Directive 94/62/EC covers all packaging placed on the European market and all packaging waste. The Directive aims to limit packaging waste and to promoting recycling, re-use, and other forms of waste recovery. It requires Member States to introduce systems for the return and/or collection of used packaging to attain specified targets for energy recovery and recycling. The Directive also imposes limits on heavy metals content in packaging.

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EU QUICK FACTS RoHS, Restrictions on the use of certain hazardous substances (RoHS) originated in an EU law, which restricted the use of certain substances in electrical and electronic equipment. The scope of RoHS in the EU is expanding to cover additional substances, and other jurisdictions (e.g., China, Turkey, Japan, India, and California in the U.S.) have adopted similar RoHS restrictions.

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EU QUICK FACTS EU Batteries Directive, Directive 2006/66/EC aims to minimize the potential health and environmental impacts associated with disposal of waste batteries and accumulators. The Directive prohibits the marketing of batteries containing mercury or cadmium above established levels. It also requires producers that place portable batteries on the market to register with each applicable country, and join a collection and recycling organization which involves payment of a fee based on the volume of batteries placed into the country.

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EU QUICK FACTS What is the GHS?, In 2003, the United Nations adopted the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). The GHS has criteria for the classification of health, physical, and environmental hazards of chemicals.

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EU QUICK FACTS Substances of Very High Concern, In the EU, substances fulfilling criteria defined under REACH (Registration, Evaluation, Authorization and Restriction of Chemicals) can be identified as Substances of Very High Concern (SVHC). Substances that may be designated as SVHC include those meeting criteria for classification as causing cancer or other serious health effects, or persisting and bioaccumulating in the environment.

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US Quick Facts

US QUICK FACTS Food Contact Products, Avery Dennison products that are used for food packaging and labeling may be subject to the main food safety law of the U.S., the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetics Act (FFDCA). Under this law, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates food and food additives.

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US QUICK FACTS TSCA in the U.S.A, The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) is the main chemical substances law in the U.S., administered by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This federal law is designed to ensure that chemicals sold and used in the U.S. do not pose an unreasonable risk to health and the environment.

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US QUICK FACTS US CPSIA, In the U.S., the 2008 Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA) created a variety of requirements for children’s products, including substance content limits, testing and certification obligations, and requirements for tracking labels.

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US QUICK FACTS Conflict Minerals, A conflict mineral is extracted in a conflict zone and sold to perpetuate the fighting. The U.S. Congress enacted legislation on conflict minerals because of concerns that the exploitation and trade of certain minerals by armed groups is helping to finance conflict in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) region and contributing to a humanitarian crisis there. The legislation requires the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to create rules that require companies to audit and disclose use of conflict minerals.

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US QUICK FACTS Lacey Act, The Lacey Act is a U.S. federal law designed to prevent trafficking in certain wildlife, fish, and plants. The U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) administers the law.

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US QUICK FACTS California Proposition 65, California Proposition 65, which resulted in the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, was enacted in California as a ballot initiative in 1986. Under the law, the U.S. state of California maintains a list of chemicals that meet the state’s definition of chemicals known to cause cancer or reproductive toxicity. California Proposition 65 bans releases of these chemicals to any drinking water source, and requires any company doing business in the state to provide a warning if it exposes any individuals to the chemicals.

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